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Nietzsche, Metaphor, Religion

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Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction 1. (Re:)Reading Nietzsche on Metaphor and on Religion Nietzsche on Metaphor The Antichrist: Madness or Maturity? (Re:)Reading Nietzsche on Religion (Re:)Reading Nietzsche Writing: "Discourse" vs. "Text" PART I. METAPHOR AND HERMENEUTICS 2. Nietzsche's Metaphor for Metaphor The Metaphor for Metaphor Ubertragung and Language Ubertragung and Perception Ubertragung and Concepts Catechresis and Identity 3. The Structure of Metaphor Ubertragung and Domains Interaction Theory Barthes: Connotation, Cultural Codes, and Domains Metaphor in the Text: Registers Mapping Religion: Nietzsche's Primary Metaphor Domains Case Study I: Explicating the Aristocratic Domain Case Study II: Explicating the Dionysian Domain Mapping Religion: The Secondary Domains 4. Metaphor, Interpretation, and Narrative: Elements of a Nietzschean Theory of Culture Ubertragung and Interpretation Interpretation, Power, and the Agwn Narrative Representation and Historical Identity PART II. METAPHOR AND RELIGION 5. The Religious Body The Sick Body: "Religion" as Hygienic Regime The Priest's Pharmakon Metalipsis: The Religious Errors of Causation 6. The "Retroactive Confiscations" of Judaism The "Retroactive Confiscations" of Judaism The Metaphor Domains in Nietzsche's Rendering of Judaism The Signifier "Jew" in the German Christian Metanarrative of European Modernity The Jews in Nietzsche's Counternarrative of Modern European Identity Contemporary Responses to the Issues of Nietzsche's Alleged Anti-Semitism 7. Nietzsche's Metaphors for Jesus Hermeneutical Prologue Jesus as Myshkin Jesus as Buddha The Physiology of Jesus' Teachings The Metaphor Domains in Nietzsche's Jesus Contemporary Readings of Nietzsche's Jesus 8. Peter, Paul, and Nietzsche: Tracing the Signifier "Christ" through Christian History The Synoptic "Christ" as a Mistranslation of Jesus The Ubertragungen of the Apostle Paul Luther as "the Second Paul" and the German Christian Discourse About Christianity The Ironic Emplotment of Christian History 9. Metaphor and the Death of God Metaphor and the Death of God Metalanguage and Metaphor Agonistic Interpretation, Identity, and Religion The Heuristic of Metaphor: Philosophy and Metatheory Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Tim Murphy teaches in the Department of Religion at Case Western Reserve University.


"Murphy's book should be positively acknowledged as one of the rare ones that does not attempt to use Nietzsche's writing on religion for constructive religious purposes." - International Studies in Philosophy "Murphy really tackles a significant subject, and does so in a way which will have a broad appeal. He does a very fine job exploring highly significant issues in Nietzsche interpretation and their ramifications beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries. "Is Nietzsche just laying out another metaphysics, an alternative epistemology, just another competing axiology? Murphy shows that this is not what is going on at all. He gives an overview of the dispute in his comparison of the 'doctrine' vs. the 'text' approach to Nietzsche's thought. Bravo!" - George H. Leiner, editor of New Nietzsche Studies

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